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Railyard owner’s first Truckee project is one step closer

Greyson Howard
Sierra Sun

TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; While not part of the Railyard project, leveling an old garage could be the first domino to fall in the developmentand#8217;s plan.

In a 5-0 vote two weeks ago, town council approved a and#8220;category Dand#8221; non-essential historic rating for the garage next to the Carmel Gallery, paving the way for a new two-story building with commercial below and residential above, which is part the planned 75-acre planned residential and commercial development at the east end of downtown, owned by Holliday Development.

and#8220;It was a pretty short hearing; the council members were in agreement with the Historic Preservation Advisory Commission,and#8221; said Jaime LaChance, assistant planner with the town.

The commission approved the non-essential designation in a split 3-2 vote in July, with dissenting votes arguing the garage does have historic relevance, signifying the change in Truckee into the automobile era, LaChance said in a previous interview.

Next the commission would have to approve design of the two-story building before Holliday Development could move forward.

If the plan gets approval from the town, construction could start this year, Holliday said in a previous interview.

The first official step in the Railyard Master Plan site will likely be a three- or four-screen movie theater with residential units, Holliday said.

A group called the Friends of Truckee sued to stop the Railyard project after approval last year, but Judge C. Anders Holmer ruled against the suit on May 26. The 60-day appeal period has since passed.